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14:30 AEST on Thursday 19 July 2018 | Infrared, greyscale, Australia

Infrared, greyscale, Australia satellite image of Australia at Thu Jul 19 04:30:00 2018

Images from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite Himawari 8 via Bureau of Meteorology.

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
Satellite Notes for 0000UTC Chart
Issued at 5:18 pm EST Thursday on 19 July 2018

The cloud band stretching from South Australia through Victoria, extending
southeast of Tasmania is associated with a broad and strong cold front.
Thunderstorms are embedded within this cloud band, while the speckled cloud in
the cold air behind this front is also indicative of active convection and
thunderstorms. Southern WA also is experiencing areas of cloud in the wake of
this cold front.

An upper level jet-streak has produced high cloud over parts of NSW, streaming
offshore. High cloud drifting south from thunderstorm activity over Papua New
Guinea is also evident over the north coast of Cape York Peninsula.

Areas of low and mid level cloud over central and northern Queensland is due to
a moist easterly onshore flow assisted by a surface trough. Patchy mid to upper
level cloud has developed over central parts of the Northern Territory, as upper
winds bring some tropical moisture south over northern Australia.

The remainder of the continent is mainly cloud free under the influence of a
high pressure ridge extending across central Australia.